GloriasMom wrote:If a dog doesn't meet breed standards, so what -- there are a lot of people looking for a purebred dog they won't want to breed. The people who cull don't want it known that they produce puppies that aren't perfect. It's all about them and what they need and the hell with the puppy.
To some people, it isn't
Here's an example: someone breeds dogs for a specific purpose - show, work, whatever - let's pick show just for this. They get a litter of six puppies. Two are stunners with impecable temperaments, one is a stunner but just average temperament, one is ok but nothing special, one is definatly not show quality with average temperament, one is not show quality but good temperament. We'll assume that all homes will be active and "out there" with their dogs.
Which ones does the breeder want out in public to represent the breed and
the kennel? Every dog they produce says something about the lines, the kennel and the breeder. Having a less-than-ideal dog representing them is not what some people want. They can't stop an owner from identifying the lines, kennel, etc when asked, so that reflects poorly on all the dogs and people involved in creating that dog.
Another example: Dogs with no apparent genetic defects have a puppy that is deaf (we'll assume it's just a random thing). Deaf dogs can live happy, healthy, productive lives. But does that breeder want people in the working/show world to see that dog and assume
that the lines have genetic problems? Something like that could ruin the reputation of the breeder and their entire line.
EVERY breeding has the potential to have puppies that do not fit the goals of the litter. Lots of people talk about not buying a dog but rescuing one instead. Is it better to have breeders placing less-than-ideal dogs? That's up to the breeder.
Killing a puppy should break your heart. If it doesn't you are broken and should be culled.
There is a difference between doing it for a reason and just "killing them." I seriously doubt any responsible breeder finds putting down puppies a "fun" thing to do. I agree that anyone who enjoys it is a sick individual. That said, I don't judge the breeders who choose to cull. There are many reasons that I don't breed, and being unsure that I could cull a puppy if it didn't fit the goal of the litter is one of them.